Reinvention— Ever just need a change?

Last year at about this time, I needed a change. The proposal I’d submitted to Kensington had been rejected, and the only book I’d written was a novella which took me way longer than it should have.

I love westerns, but I needed to write something different. So, I dusted off an old idea I had a few years ago and came up with a plan.


Some of you may know (if you followed me for a while) that I used to write Star Wars fan fiction. But besides my love for the Galaxy far, far away, I love science fiction in general, particularly if it has some fantasy mixed in.

What does this have to do with my story idea? One of the massive novels I’d written way back in 2006 still remains one of my favorites of all the stories I’ve crafted in the nearly 20 years that I’ve been writing. Although I liked the characters–particularly my original characters, what I considered the story’s crowning jewel was its plot, which was for the most part totally of my own invention. The idea of reworking this story into something completely original came to after I learned Fifty Shades of Grey was a reworking of a Twilight fan fiction a few years ago.

I figured if E.L. James could do it, then why the heck couldn’t I?

At the time, I was up to my ten-gallon hat brim in my cowboy stories and didn’t have the time or the ambition to rethink the fan fiction story into its own world and with its own characters. The time wasn’t right then, but it was last fall when I sat down and wrote 20,000 words of pre-writing in a matter of a week and a half.

The story, which still has a working title of Innocence Lost, book 1 of WHEN THE STARS FALL, is set in the year of 3523 and is an upper level young adult or new adult science-fiction/fantasy. (***Think Sara J. Maas sexual heat level***).  It opens with an attack on the congress building of the Coalition of Autonomous Worlds in Manhattan, New York, which then spirals into the first ever galactic war.

But the story also has meaning today. The hero of the story is the 19 year-old prince of a unified Earth… But he’s not Human and the 18 year-old heroine is a half-Human hybrid he is forbidden by his parents (the king and queen) to love.

I’m so excited about this story and can’t wait to share it with you. But it may be a while, as I’m getting it ready to send off to a list of agents. I’m hoping to get this traditionally published.

In the meantime, I’ll share snippets and let you all know of my progress.

Wish me luck with my new adventure!